What Students Need to Know

(Updated Sept. 13, 2021)

Welcome back, Falcons!

We are so glad to see you back on campus. DCC plans on returning to the full campus experience with the following health and safety protocols in place. Please note: these guidelines may change if the DCC campus experiences an increase in COVID-19 transmission rates or if SUNY requires additional protocols.

For information related to DCC’s health and safety guidance, see the Fall 2021 COVID-19 Guidance in myDCC


Per SUNY direction, all DCC students must be fully vaccinated to attend in-person classes and/or use any on-campus service or resource, including the Fitness Center.

Starting Aug. 23, students have 7 days to get either their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the J&J vaccine. You will have 35 days to complete the vaccination process, meaning you must have received both shots of Pfizer or Moderna, and have been through the two-week immunity building period after your second shot; or you must have received the J&J vaccination and have been through the two-week immunity building period. 

If you choose not to get vaccinated within this timeframe:

  • you will not be able to come to campus for any reason, including attending classes and/or accessing any on-campus service or resource.

  • you will be administratively withdrawn from your on-campus classes.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not willing to be vaccinated, do not register for on-campus classes as now that DCC’s vaccination requirement has been implemented and should you be administratively withdrawn, you will not be able to get a refund after the SUNY refund period has passed.

We highly encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as you can. To find a location near you and for helpful health information, visit the SUNY #30DayVaxChallenge webpage. Watch for information about on-campus vaccination clinics.

Vaccinated students. Fully vaccinated students should verify their vaccination status in the new SUNY-wide opt-in system here. Use your DCC login and follow the instructions on the form. Students vaccinated outside the State of New York will be able to upload an image of their vaccination record in the system. 

Per CDC guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated:     

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or  ou will be administratively withdrawn from your on-campus classes.

  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as J&J vaccine.

You will only be able to verify your vaccination status through the SUNY opt-in system once you are considered fully vaccinated. Without verification of your vaccination status through the SUNY opt-in system, you will not be able to come to campus for any reason, including attending classes and/or accessing any on-campus service or resource. You will also be administratively withdrawn from your on-campus classes. Note that your withdrawal from classes may also impact your academic progress, financial aid eligibility, the ability to register for future semesters, and you will incur full tuition liability. 

All students living in Academic Housing must be vaccinated and must provide proof of vaccination completion to academichousing@sunydutchess.edu before move-in. If, while living in Academic Housing, you test positive for COVID-19 or need to be quarantined, you must return home until such time as you have completed your quarantine/isolation period.

Following CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic but must be tested for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals who test positive must isolate for 10 days at home.

Credit Students

The deadline has passed for any credit-seeking student to petition for an exemption from the vaccination requirement. Petitions are no longer being accepted. 

Credit-free Students (students in workforce courses, Music Academy, CPR/ALS/BLS, HSE, and ESL) 

Students in credit-free programs may ask for a waiver from the vaccination requirement if they have a medical or religious exemption. 

For more information, see the Student FAQs.


All students will be required to wear masks in campus buildings.

Special consideration may be given to those who cannot wear a mask. See the Student FAQ for more information.

Masking guidelines may change if the DCC campus experiences variations in COVID-19 transmission rates or if SUNY requires additional masking protocols. 


Although daily health screenings are no longer required, DCC encourages students to perform a daily at-home self-health assessment before coming to campus. 

For a list of questions to ask yourself in assessing your health, see the At-Home Health Questionnaire

If you show symptoms of infectious illness, please stay at home and/or seek medical care.


Vaccinated students. Fully vaccinated students will no longer need to undergo mandatory weekly testing if they opt-in to the SUNY-wide verified vaccination system. Fully vaccinated students are not required to quarantine if they come into contact with a person who has COVID, but should be tested 3 – 5 days after exposure.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students. Until the DCC vaccination requirement outlined under the Vaccinations section of this guide goes into full effect, any person who has a physical presence on campus and who has not been fully vaccinated, or who has not shown proof of vaccination, must be tested weekly.

Once DCC’s vaccination mandate goes into effect, only those unvaccinated students who have successfully petitioned for a waiver will be allowed on campus. These students will continue to be tested weekly.

If conditions change prompting DCC to take additional measures, the College may require more frequent testing of students regardless of vaccination status.

Testing takes place in Handel Dining Room on the following days and times:

Mondays 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursdays 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The testing process is as follows:

1. Faculty, staff and students will swipe their DCC ID to access their Banner account, which will allow for the test date to be registered. The system will then print a test tube label.
2. The test worker will register the test in the Quadrant BioScience system.
3. Faculty, staff and students will then swab their mouth with the test applicator and insert the swab into the test tube. 
4. The test worker will then apply the label to the tube. 


All students must obtain and wear a DCC ID whenever they are on campus or at any of our college facilities – eg: DCC @ Fishkill, DCC @ HVR Airport and DCC @ the Partnership. ID cards are issued in the Campus Security & Safety Office, located in the Orcutt Student Services building, at DCC @ at the Partnership, and at DCC @ Fishkill.


When on campus, please use the designated entrances to campus buildings (see map).


All student athletes and coaches must be fully vaccinated prior to the start of practices for the season. DCC will comply with all NJCAA COVID-19 regulations and protocols.


High school students must follow the health and safety guidelines and protocols of the location at which they receive instruction.

  • If the course is delivered at their high school, they must follow the local school district guidelines.

  • If the course is delivered on the DCC campus, they must follow the DCC campus guidelines.


  • The DCC campus is open to the general public.

  • Visitors may come to campus as long they wear masks and meet the DCC health screening assessment.

  • DCC will follow any additional New York State or local health guidelines including those on capacity limits.


Enforcement of the COVID-19 guidance will be handled through the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability. 



  • We will continue to limit building access by using designated entrances.


  • While New York State mandatory cleaning and disinfection protocols are no longer in effect, DCC will continue to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as common areas and shared workstations, at least once a day. The College will also regularly clean and disinfect other surfaces as necessary depending on the level of traffic, the individuals who use the space, and the general risk of community transmission of COVID-19.

  • DCC will continue to provide hand hygiene stations or supplies within workplaces for individuals to use.


  • DCC has increased outdoor airflow and ventilation rates in indoor settings to support individual comfort and safety, and in accordance with building codes and standards.

  • In indoor areas where air is recirculated, DCC has installed higher rated filters in the filter rack and air handlers of HVAC systems that are able perform to the level of heating and cooling they provided prior to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

QUESTIONS? Send an email to Covid@sunydutchess.edu.